UAE Education Board Introduces TELS UAE to Highlight the Importance of Teacher Training
Introduction to TELS/ What is TELS
The TELS UAE project is co-developed by the National Qualifications Authority (NQA), the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and the Ministry of Education (MoE), in association with the British University in Dubai (BUiD); and is aimed to create a standardised level of teacher competency through a uniform licensing system which would bring the level of education in the UAE on par with the international systems. Even individuals with a non-teaching background can take the qualifications for their higher or further education if they fulfill the required criteria of the programme. The criteria itself is basic, where the individual must have a clear criminal and medical record, the original certificates of their educational qualifications attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the country’s embassy in UAE. If the applicant is a UAE native, they must then have attested certificates of their educational qualifications with just an average score of Good. Furthermore, the candidate must obtain an IELTS Certificate for English, Mathematics and IT and Learning Resource Centre, with a minimum score of 6.5, 5.5 and 0.4 respectively.
Teacher Training for TELS
According to the program, there are three stages involved. The very first step is about the application for a teacher license; teachers who meet the preliminary requirements tend to get the provisional license. Meanwhile, the induction programs will be further organised to educate teachers about the TELS UAE training and activities. The next step is all about teachers identifying their needs and completing a self-assessment. Mock examinations are conducted on the professional development training to identify the knowledge gaps of teachers accordingly. Following this, further training is carried out. The criterion of self-assessment is a bit rigorous since the 4 educational leadership standards need to be tested;
- Ethics and conduct: knowledge regarding the UAE ethics, cultures, values and code of conduct are tested.
- Professional knowledge: theories of learning, stages of professional development and the application of those theories are tested. Moreover; the teachers are educated on how to handle vocational training and interacting and dealing with special needs students.
- Professional practice
- Professional growth
The self-assessments are then reviewed by the British University in Dubai (BUiD), or any authorised national university, which then provides further teacher training according to the assessment results. Once the TELS UAE exam has been successfully completed, teachers would be able to earn the UAE Competent Teacher Status License, which would allow them to teach in any school in the UAE.
The UAE Competent Teacher Status License equivalent to the QTLS (Fully Qualified Teacher Skills) in the UK. To get the QTLS, you should complete the Level 5 DET course and this qualification is also accepted directly in the UAE as well by employers and universities alike. A DET qualified individual in the UAE earns much more than their current salary. In addition, our DET course can provide you pathways and exemptions from the undergraduate and postgraduate Education Degrees from UAE universities. Additionally, at ELN we train IQA and Assessor professionals from KHDA, NIVE and ADVETI.
A first pilot training of the TELS project was conducted in Dubai with the association of the Business University in Dubai (BUiD) as a trial run, where more than 200 teachers from 15 schools were assessed according to the new standards.
Education and Training Courses recognised by TELS
The introduction of a standardised qualification system has allowed universities and online institutions globally to develop and offer courses specifically moulded according to the requirements set up by TELS. Some of the courses offered focus on the cultural values and norms of UAE, and its history, along with educator training programs such as the AET, CET and the DET.
Certificate in Education recognised by TELS
The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training or the CTLLS is an ideal, mid-level course for one to choose from three. This CET qualification leads to an Associate Teacher Status (ATLS). Once you have acquired the competence in the subject of your specialisation and this level 4 teaching qualification, you can then become a teacher in the area of your expertise. Special training for vocational teaching and special education courses have also seen an influx. The incentives offered to TELS qualified teachers include an increased tax-free salary, better fringe benefits (including residence) and a higher year-end bonus. These incentives have resulted in increased traffic of educators, both native and expatriate, hoping to earn the TELS UAE qualification and boost their teaching careers with us.